Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Pinkest Party On Earth!

That's the official name of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Georgia, and that's where I'm partying this weekend.

Some of you might recall that I tried this last year. Unfortunately the uncommonly cold winter of 2010 had bullied all of the cherry blossoms into hiding.

There was no pink to be found.



We showed up to discover nothing but bare branches trying their best to mascarade behind these pink lanterns. They weren't fooling anybody.

Sad, isn't it?

I did my best, though. I took that shiny red Kodak and went on the Great Pink Exploration, snapping pictures of any pink I could find.  I yakked about it HERE.

I wasn't picky...

But...
That was then...
This is now.

We arrived yesterday to a tale of a completely different color, and that color is
 Cherry Blossom Pink.

Here's the same street with the lanterns


Only this year, those lanterns are just a little bling


Hot air balloons started arriving for the party this morning.
 I watched about a dozen fly by for the balloon show.  


My favorite was this pink one.


This year, it is indeed the Pinkest Party on Earth. 
 Every block downtown looks just like this.


Cherry blossoms are such a pale pink that they're almost white


But they're pink all right...


Pink cherry blossoms on the streets...


And on all the buildings...


And on the blond bloggers...


Pink tulips too.
They don't discriminate...

They even pay homage to the first camelia show



Of course, the sign is plunked in the middle of a bunch of azaleas instead.
Kind of odd to my way of thinking...

But at least they're pink.


Of course, camelias are pink too.
I just didn't see any downtown.

This bush lives on the Mercer University campus.


Along with my two favorite Macon Pinks of all.

Which is our real reason for being here.
It's Parent's Weekend.
The Cherry Festival is just, well... the cherry on top.

With that said, I need to scoot.

Sharing this with Beverly at
How Sweet the Sound
for
Pink Saturday.

50 comments:

laura :) said...

Those pictures are gorgeous! I'm so happy the pink decided to come out this year!!
I'm also so happy you're up here with me!!! :)

Terra said...

Your photos capture the pinkness of the festival very beautifully and I would love to visit it one day. I think of cherry blossoms as looking like pink clouds, which your photos show.

fiberdoodles said...

Beautiful pinks! Happy pink Saturday!

Christine said...

Perfectly Pink, indeed!

Carol said...

Wow, how wonderful! Beautiful Pinks!
Have a Happy Parents' Weekend!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

What a spectacular show! Lovin' the beautiful blossoms-have fun:@)

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

That is just awesome...and so cheery!! I love the pictures! The lanterns just add the touch...to funny from last year. Look at the difference a year can make, good word for all of us.

Oh, had my green drink this morning, well it looked like mud, not as pretty as yours, because I added blueberries!!

Joan said...

Absolutely beautiful! Enjoy the festival.

Jorgelina said...

Beautiful pinks!
Happy pink Saturday!

Sarah said...

Gorgeous! I think I want to put this on my travel list. Looks like an amazing sight. Happy Pink Saturday! ~ Sarah

Kathleen said...

How pretty! We have cherry blossoms too but ours aren't out yet. Lovely photos. Hope you have a good time with your girls.

mercedes scott said...

Oh my! I am so jealous of your beautiful cherry blossoms.... I would love to visit the festival some day! Your photos capture the beauty of the blooms so well... thanks for sharing and happy PS!

Miss Char said...

Love seeing all the beautiful pink flowers and of course the pink port a potty too. I guess you have to take the beast with the beauty when it comes to pinks!

Jenny S said...

Thank you for the comments on my blof! I really appreciate it! I am your newest follower. Not because of your yummy pinks but from the green smoothie from the day before! You got me!! LOL! Happy Pink Saturday!

D said...

What a difference in this year's show. Just beautiful. I have been to Macon before, but wasn't aware of this event. Thanks for sharing.
D

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

G*L*O*R*I*O*U*S PINK, absolutely glorious!

Sonja said...

It just doesn't get any better than that! The pictures are just awesome, and to be there with your 2 girls... wow! I can just imagine what a great weekend you're having!

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness - I don't live that far but I have never been there - it looked absolutely wonderful - I am going to try to remember it for next year. Lots of nice pitures and I love pink. sandnie

Ms.Daisy said...

OOOOOH! I wanna be at that pink party! I love the pink balloon amid the cherry blossoms...too pretty. Have a great time!


~Jean

Natasha said...

Wow, they are so pretty! I wish we had cherry blossoms here. I have posted about them today too but my images are all borrowed.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Scribbler said...

Really enjoyed seeing the cherry blossoms. Downtown Macon is so pretty! I think I have only bypassed it on the interstate. Next time I am over that way I getting off to have a look. Thanks!

Sharon Kirby said...

Beautiful - of course I'm referring to the picture of the blond blogger. Look at her skin! What's she been drinking lately? (That didn't come out right...)

Really, this was a lovely post - I'm absolutely tickled pink! Give the girls a big hug from their invisible aunt in California.

(You can give yourself one, too!)

xoxo

no spring chicken said...

What stunning pictures! I can only imagine what it must have been like in real life. I'm 'pink' with envy.

Linda W said...

Ohhhh...the cherry blossoms take my breath away! I absolutely love them, especially since they are my favorite color. Don't think there's anything prettier.

Enjoy your weekend with your special girls and take in lots of pink for me!

Light and Voices said...

Heavens to Betsy....I just adored visiting your blog this week. Cherry blossoms just are the prettiest.
Joyce M

Kathleen said...

I would love to see that! It is so beautiful! They must have been devastated last year , wait all year for the blossoms, and then nothing!
Have a good week, Debbie!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

So pretty! I love all those blooming cherry blossoms. We don't have many of those around here at all. They are so pretty! Thanks for sharing them with the rest of us!

Pat said...

Beautiful pink post, Debbie!

saltbox treasures said...

Hi Debbie, what a beautiful pink post!!! Love all those pink blooms. Enjoy your parents' weekend! Kid visits are the best!
~ Julie

At The Picket Fence said...

I died and went to pink heaven! :-) Just beautiful photos and the buds on my own cherry trees are just starting to open and it does my heart good! :-)
Vanessa

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

I love this! The blossoms on the street were a delightful surprise! Our cherry blossoms are just starting to bud -- but not bloom. I can hardly wait! I'm sending your post to a friend in Macon. SURELY she attended this fantastic festival! Have a great week!

Kelli said...

Prettiest cherry blossoms ever. Hope your visit was filled with fun and laughter. With you around...well you know!

bj said...

First of all, I laughed out loud at your nine patch. PRICELESS !! :)))

You win the grand prize for the most beautiful PINK for PINK SATURDAY. Gosh, I would love to see all those beautiful flowers in person. So glad that you DID.
xoxo

CAL said...

Such Spring beauty a true sight to behold. Thank you for giving us a pink peek, we won't see this beauty for many more weeks here in Illinois.

Denise said...

You captured everything so beautifully. It really is THAT pretty in real life. Much better than last year for sure. I agree, though, that the best part of the weekend was those three "pink" coeds. Had a delightful time. I've attended 7 of these events and this one was the best by far. (my humble opinion) Wonder who was in charge of the planning? Couldn't possibly be anyone practical!!

Jen said...

Your photography is awesome! Loved every picture (even the portapotty!)

FrouFrouBritches said...

I'm cracking up at the picture of the pink port-a-potty. Hilarious! The cherry blossoms are BEAUTIFUL! and hot air balloons? i JUST LOVE THAT! It looks like a fun weekend. I'm sure the girls were glad to see y'all too!

Crickit said...

Beautiful pictures Debbie! Everything is pretty in Pink! :)

Ann said...

My front yard cherry tree is in it's full bloom now too! LOVE it! But, I am amazed at all the azaleas you had in bloom. It will be a while before ours show their "true colors." Right now, they are still very green.

Don't you just LOVE spring?
Cheers!

Angel said...

I bet you appreciated those gorgeous pink blossoms all the more since they made themselves scarce last year. I love all the beautiful pics.

P.S. You might want to check your email today. :)

Sue said...

Such pretty pictures taken with your shiny red Kodak!! I'm sure it was even more fun to visit with your daughters though.
Happy 1st day of spring!!
Sue

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

We lived in Warner Robins for 3 years and you've brought back some happy memories! :)

Dianne said...

Hi Debbie,
I've been keeping up with your posts in Google reader while I've been busy with family but wanted to drop by and make my visit official!!

These cherry trees are just incredible--and I know you had an awesome weekend with those precious daughters.

Keep making me smile, Debbie.

Thanks for your faithfulness to me.

Much love,
Dianne

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

HOORAY for warm weather ! thanks or the beautiful photos (())

Jennie said...

I wish you'd swing slightly south on one of your Macon adventures! We'd love to have you! It was absolutely gorgeous last weekend...even though we didn't make it to the Cherry Blossom festivities, we enjoyed every minute of outside time that we could.

And what's funny is that I think Sam and his family REALLY liked Fern Gully. Oh - P.S. I didn't get the job. I'm bummed, but okay. Just really thought this one was "it". Guess God has other plans! If nothing else, I'm getting that lesson about His plans vs. mine. ;)

Hope you're enjoying the springtime sunshine!

Sherry said...

How beautiful! I love to see cherry trees blossom. Just beautiful pics Debbie! Thanks for stopping by.
Sherry

At The Picket Fence said...

BEEEUTIFFULL!! I am so jealous! I want to climb in everyone of those pictures. Thank you for being willing to share them with us! Sounds like it was a fantastic weekend. Love to you friend!

Heather

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. I love the cheery blosson trees so Beautiful I am also Jealous!!! Thanks for coming over and putting your sweet comments on my Tablescapes. I hope you have a nice evening~~~ xxoo
Diane

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos Debby. laurie

One Heart (Marcia) said...

GORGEOUS!!! I'm so jealous. I wanna go next time. :( Love Georgia and LOVE those gorgeous flowers. What a blessing.

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